Desperate mom called 911 for formula in the middle of the night because she had ‘no way of feeding’ baby – The Sun

A UTAH model and mom called police to ask them to get her baby formula for her newborn at 2.12am after her milk dried up and she had nowhere else to turn.

“I’ve never not had food for my newborn,” Shannon Bird said about her decision to call police on January 28. “It was really scary for me.”

Fashionista and blogger, Bird, later said that her initial thought was to go to the store herself and have officers patrol her house while her 8-year-old son monitored his sleeping siblings.

She had a car but didn't want to leave her other sleeping kids at home while she nipped out to buy some with the baby.

In a recording of the 911 call obtained by KSL, Bird was heard telling the emergency operator that she had no way to feed her 6-week-old baby.

After consulting with her husband, who was away, the young mother of five was heard sobbing to the operator: “I’ve been calling neighbors and no one will answer.”

“I’ve never been in this predicament ever. My milk just literally dried out. This is my fifth kid and this has never happened.”

Bird normally breast feeds her children so there was no formula in the house.

She explains during the call that her husband was out of town and the rest of her children were asleep.

With the then-screaming infant in her arms she desperately started calling neighbors and teenagers in the area and even her little brother but no one was awake.

Apparently police didn't think this was a waste of their time and rushed straight to the store for her.

Lone Peak Police officer Brett Wagstaff stopped at a convenience store, picked up a gallon of regular milk and delivered it to Bird’s front door.

He then discovered that the baby, who had stopped crying at this point, was too young for normal milk and needed infant formula instead.

“We’ll leave this with you,” a rather smitten Wagstaff can be heard saying on body-camera footage as he handed Bird the milk.

“We’ll be right back with some formula for your baby — she’s adorable.”

After running the errand to Walmart, Wagstaff and fellow officer Konner Gabbitas came back to the house with the formula and wouldn’t accept any money in return.

“That’s the same stuff we gave my daughter when she was first born, so hopefully it doesn’t upset her stomach,” Wagstaff tells her.

Bird later told KSL: “I was not expecting them to go get that food for me”, which makes no sense at all because she literally called them to do just that.

Lone Peak Police Department’s public information officer applauded his fellow officers’ actions that night.

Officer Dave Ventrano said: “Most of us, we got on this job to help people, and this was an example of helping out a mother that was in need.”

Ventrano said this was the first time he’s heard of a case like this in his 15 years of police work.

While it was unique, it wasn’t much different than an officer helping change a flat tire.

He said: “To this mom, this is a priority for her.”

“It’s been about protect and serve. This is part of the serve. We are here to serve the public.”

Bird couldn’t thank her middle-of-the-night helpers enough and was glad the responding officers were parents, too, and understood her plight.

“Thank you for helping people in situations where they can’t help themselves in emergencies,” she said.

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